When BOI (born on the island) Juliet Papi Russell passed away recently, Galveston lost the last person whose Galveston dialect was pure, and who, as Christie Mitchell's assistant, was a hands-on participant in the city's famous "Balinese Room Days."

A natural beauty, she even won the Miss Splash Day contest.

When I was growing up, the Galveston dialect was spoken by most. Sadly, now it's but a faded memory.

Bill Cherry


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Bailey Jones

I have heard that in earlier times, locals pronounced Galveston as Galvez-ton, accent on the second syllable. Is this the Galveston dialect?

Jose' Boix

Bill Cherry's letter reminded me of a column by Alvin Sallee regarding Bill Cherry’s Galveston Memories, "which still brings Galveston alive through personalities, events and settings from the 1940s to present." I include the link to the column below. Perhaps Bill will separately post a Galveston Dialect Compendium.


Bill Cherry: The grand old author of Galveston

By ALVIN SALLEE, Jan 25, 2017

Bill Broussard

Bill you have to write a guest column in this and let everyone know what proper English actually is!

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